I spent 2012 taking courses and doing open water dives for my Technical Diving certifications and we needed a place for our "final exam". St. Croix fit the bill due to the ability to make dives to up to 300ft and accomplish this without requiring a boat - i.e. inexpensively. My instructor and classmate/dive buddy and I stayed in Patrick's C6 unit, and found it to be the perfect spot.
These condos are located on the north shore, which is a diver's Mecca. The Salt River is just next door and a short drive to the West is Cane Bay. The property is beautifully maintained and set back from the main road to provide a sense of isolation. The pool area is beautiful and well maintained. It is lit by multi-colored led lights in the evening and provides a resort like atmosphere. Possibly one of the key anchors to the property is the "Beach Shack" which is open each day and serves up a variety of tropical drinks and grilled sandwiches and snacks. I believe we ate lunch there between dives (3-4 hour surface intervals)each day and found it to be excellent.
Unit C6 is well appointed and laid out so that everyone has their privacy, or can come together and discuss the day's events. The bedding is comfortable, showers are refreshing and the overall furniture has a "homey" feel. Also, if you're planning a long stay, the kitchen is always a critical concern. No disappointment here. All the necessary appliances, pots & pans and dishes are there.
I've found it very pleasant to work with Patrick and look forward to our next visit. If you're considering St. Croix, you need to consider this for your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gentle Winds Condominiums consists of 66 individually owned two and three bedroom units located on 40 acres of beautifully landscaped property. All bedrooms have ensuite baths. Many of the units are rented directly by the homeowner on FlipKey or a similar vacation rental site and/or a real estate agent. Some units accept pets and have wheel chair access. There is a seasonal snack shack/bar. There is an excellent swimming beach as well as two tennis courts, half court basketball, jungle gym, shuffle board, salt water pool and a four hole golf course at no extra charge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gentle Winds Condominiums Hotel Christiansted
- Gentle Winds Condominiums St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands